Cornelia Parker

Deception Glass, 2017

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Lot 73
Polymer photogravure etching on Fabriano Tiepolo Bianco 290 gsm paper
61.3 x 44.5 cm (24.1 x 17.5 in)
Edition of 40
Signed on recto


This work ships from London, GB.


Best known for her large-scale installations, Parker is fascinated by the physical properties of objects and materials, and their histories. Deception Glass, inspired by the first photographic images made by 19th Century photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot, explores the ideas of the positive versus the negative, collapsing time and the compression of three-dimensions into two.

Parker achieves this by using the photogravure process, placing ordinary objects directly on the plate, and exposing them to ultra violet light, so that they act as a photographic positive. The objects become literal shadows of their former selves, and a spectral still life is captured on paper.

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About Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker (English, b. 1956) is an artist recognized for her work in sculpture and installation. Her sculptures and installations are compelling and transformative, as she takes the familiar and everyday to investigate the nature of matter, as well as tests their public meanings and values. She routinely subhjects familiar items to extremes of temperature, pressure or force as a way to invite the viewer to question relationships with history and mortality. In 1991, she famously produced “Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View,” in which she suspended fragments of a garden shed, blown up with the assistance of the British Army, as a means to freeze the process in time. She studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, and Wolverhampton Polytechnic, and boasts honorary doctorates from the University of Wolverhampton, the University of Gloucestershire, and the University of Birmingham.